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These days won’t last

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By John Pawlak

Don’t touch that dial!  Remember how TV announcers used to say that before a commercial break?  

How many kids today would even know what a dial is?  Before you know it, pushing buttons will be a distant memory, too.

Things have really changed since I was a kid (you know, back when they first invented electricity).  

We didn’t have remotes for the TV set.  There were six or seven channels to choose from (we only had that many because we got all the NYC stations) and they were mostly black- and-white.  

Shows that were in color would announce this in the “TV Guide.”  On sitcoms, the husband and wife slept in separate twin beds.  

Commercials took up about 10 percent of the total airing time and no one was interested in watching spoiled housewives from New Jersey throw things at each other (not even housewives in New Jersey).

Penny candy cost a penny - have your kids even ever seen penny candy? Soda was sold in glass bottles with caps that had to be pried open.  

Straws were made of paper and McDonalds had just sold their first million (not billion) burgers.  

We went to drive-in movies, mounted a cheap speaker on the car window, and watched the good guys win (and of course, they always wore white hats).


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